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Braga   2 - 0   Arsenal

Braga goalscorer Matheus
Matheus wheels away after opening the scoring in Portugal

By Jonathan Stevenson

Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage suffered a blow as Matheus scored twice late on to earn Braga a famous victory.

The striker latched on to a long ball with seven minutes left to clip past Lukasz Fabianski, before running through in injury time to smash home.

Arsenal should have had a penalty at 0-0, but Carlos Vela was booked for diving after appearing to be fouled.

The Gunners also saw captain Cesc Fabregas limp off in the second half.

The late goals completed another miserable day at the office for manager Arsene Wenger and his team, who went into the game desperate for the point that would secure their last 16 place.

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But after the shock of throwing away a two-goal lead to lose in the Premier League at home to arch rivals Tottenham on Saturday, another dramatic collapse was the last thing they would have wanted.

And now they must beat Group H whipping boys Partizan Belgrade at the Emirates on Wednesday, 8 December to progress, knowing that if they slip up, Braga could come back to haunt them once more.

They might have to do it without Fabregas, who limped off halfway through the second half with what looked like a recurrence of his hamstring problems, making Wenger's decision to play him when he rested the likes of Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie seem a strange one.

Having said that, an 11th successive qualification for the Champions League knockout stage appeared to be well within Arsenal's grasp for most of the game as they held Braga - who they beat 6-0 in September - at arm's length at the Estadio Municipal.

For all their willing, the Portuguese side simply did not look like having the ammunition to hurt the visitors, the Gunners comfortably dealing with any pressure they were put under without ever committing too many players forward.

Braga were restricted to pot-shots from the edge of the box as Matheus and Luis Aguiar both drilled wide, with Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci doing well to keep Fabianski out of the game.

Arsenal burst into life sporadically, with Theo Walcott foiled by goalkeeper Felipe and Fabregas forcing the keeper to touch over his free-kick, but the game came to life when the Gunners' captain hobbled off with a hamstring problem that will keep him out of the game against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Cesc Fabregas signals to the bench
Fabregas signals to the bench after suffering an injury

His replacement Samir Nasri injected some life into the visitors' display and they thought they had the perfect opportunity to take the lead when Nasri's fellow substitute Vela was taken out by Alberto Rodriguez inside the Braga area.

When Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai pulled out a yellow card for Vela instead of pointing to the spot, the Arsenal players reacted with astonishment - and within six minutes, they were behind.

With Emmanuel Eboue off the pitch receiving treatment for an injury, Matheus raced on to a ball from deep inside the Braga half from Brandao and kept his cool to slip the ball past Fabianski.

Arsenal tried to get back into it but they were hit by another sucker-punch deep into stoppage time when Matheus collected the ball just inside the visitors' half, jinked his way into the box and thrashed a thunderous left-foot finish in off the crossbar to wrap it up.

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Champions League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Braga 2-0 Arsenal FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Matheus 83
  • Matheus 90+3

    Braga

    • 84 Felipe
    • 02 Alberto Rodriguez
    • 05 Moises
    • 15 Miguel Garcia yellow card
    • 20 Echiejile
    • 22 Aguiar yellow card (Madrid 80)
    • 25 Leandro Salino
    • 88 Vandinho (Hugo Viana 89)
    • 18 Lima (Elton 81)
    • 30 Alan
    • 99 Matheus

    Substitutes

    • 01 Artur,
    • 28 Silvio,
    • 48 Anibal,
    • 08 Mossoro,
    • 23 Madrid,
    • 45 Hugo Viana,
    • 85 Elton

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Ref: V KassaiAtt: 25,000
    BRAGA
    ARSENAL

    Possession

    • Braga 50%
    • Arsenal 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Braga 5
    • Arsenal 1

    Attempts off target

    • Braga 5
    • Arsenal 7

    Corners

    • Braga 2
    • Arsenal 4

    Fouls

    • Braga 19
    • Arsenal 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:43 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:34 GOAL - Nascimento MatheusBraga 2 - 0 Arsenal A goal is scored by Nascimento Matheus from just inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Braga 2-0 Arsenal.
    • 90:00+2:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs by Osorio Alan. Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:47 Nascimento Matheus fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Osorio Alan.
    • 88:37 Free kick crossed by Neves Denilson, save by Luiz Felipe.
    • 88:37 Substitution (Braga) makes a substitution, with Miguel Hugo Viana coming on for Vanderson Vandinho.
    • 88:37 Unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela by Vanderson Vandinho results in a free kick.
    • 87:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by do Carmo Leandro Salino on Tomas Rosicky. Free kick crossed by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Osorio Alan.
    • 86:23 Carlos Alberto Vela concedes a free kick for a foul on Pinheiro Moises. Direct free kick taken by Pinheiro Moises.
    • 84:05 Free kick taken by Nascimento Matheus.
    • 84:05 Booking Tomas Rosicky booked.
    • 82:11 The assist for the goal came from Brandao Elton. Unfair challenge on Nascimento Matheus by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick.
    • 82:11 GOAL - Nascimento MatheusBraga 1 - 0 Arsenal Nascimento Matheus scores a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Braga 1-0 Arsenal.
    • 80:13 Samir Nasri crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
    • 80:13 Substitution Brandao Elton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rodrigo Lima.
    • 80:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Nascimento Matheus.
    • 79:33 Substitution Andres Madrid replaces Luis Aguiar.
    • 79:10 The ball is delivered by Tomas Rosicky.
    • 78:01 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Kieran Gibbs from left channel.
    • 78:01 Booking Angelo Miguel Garcia is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 77:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Angelo Miguel Garcia.
    • 77:07 Booking Caution for Carlos Alberto Vela.
    • 75:22 Substitution Carlos Alberto Vela joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Walcott.
    • 75:22 The ball is crossed by Kieran Gibbs, clearance made by Alberto Rodriguez.
    • 74:31 Samir Nasri challenges do Carmo Leandro Salino unfairly and gives away a free kick. Do Carmo Leandro Salino takes the free kick.
    • 73:52 Free kick crossed left-footed by Luis Aguiar from left channel, clearance by Sebastien Squillaci.
    • 73:52 Booking Johan Djourou shown a yellow card.
    • 73:37 Rodrigo Lima fouled by Johan Djourou, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 72:10 Direct free kick taken by Luiz Felipe.
    • 72:10 Substitution Marouane Chamakh replaces Nicklas Bendtner.
    • 72:10 Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Johan Djourou takes a shot. The offside flag is raised against Samir Nasri.
    • 71:56 Tomas Rosicky crosses the ball, clearance by Pinheiro Moises.
    • 70:27 Emmanuel Eboue challenges Nascimento Matheus unfairly and gives away a free kick. Uwa Echiejile takes the direct free kick.
    • 69:17 Luis Aguiar crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
    • 69:17 Booking Neves Denilson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 69:11 Do Carmo Leandro Salino fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 68:19 Substitution Samir Nasri replaces Francesc Fabregas.
    • 67:49 Foul by Jack Wilshere on do Carmo Leandro Salino, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by do Carmo Leandro Salino.
    • 66:27 Kieran Gibbs delivers the ball.
    • 65:54 Tomas Rosicky fouled by Osorio Alan, the ref awards a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:23 The ball is delivered by Uwa Echiejile, Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.
    • 64:35 The ball is swung over by Angelo Miguel Garcia.
    • 62:44 Rodrigo Lima takes a shot. Neves Denilson gets a block in.
    • 61:49 Luis Aguiar fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Uwa Echiejile.
    • 61:10 The ball is delivered by Kieran Gibbs, clearance by do Carmo Leandro Salino.
    • 59:47 The ball is crossed by Osorio Alan. Luis Aguiar has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 57:02 Nascimento Matheus has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 55:58 Francesc Fabregas has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 55:10 Pinheiro Moises gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 54:28 Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 54:28 Booking Booking for Luis Aguiar.
    • 53:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Luis Aguiar.
    • 52:15 Do Carmo Leandro Salino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
    • 51:32 Theo Walcott sends in a cross, Luiz Felipe makes a comfortable save.
    • 49:18 Do Carmo Leandro Salino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Strike comes in from Theo Walcott from the free kick.
    • 48:10 Theo Walcott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Luiz Felipe takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:26 Luis Aguiar concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmanuel Eboue. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
    • 45:51 Do Carmo Leandro Salino gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Kieran Gibbs takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:08 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 43:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Alberto Rodriguez. Strike comes in from Francesc Fabregas from the free kick.
    • 42:21 Vanderson Vandinho concedes a free kick for a foul on Tomas Rosicky. Francesc Fabregas delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Luis Aguiar.
    • 41:24 Vanderson Vandinho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neves Denilson. Neves Denilson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:06 Foul by Nascimento Matheus on Emmanuel Eboue, free kick awarded. Emmanuel Eboue takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:57 Effort from inside the area by Theo Walcott misses to the left of the goal.
    • 38:42 Shot from just outside the area by Nascimento Matheus misses to the left of the target.
    • 37:18 Luis Aguiar has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Nicklas Bendtner manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Luis Aguiar, Theo Walcott manages to make a clearance.
    • 37:18 Booking Emmanuel Eboue shown a yellow card.
    • 37:15 Foul by Emmanuel Eboue on Nascimento Matheus, free kick awarded.
    • 34:43 Rodrigo Lima has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 32:32 Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nascimento Matheus. Free kick taken by do Carmo Leandro Salino.
    • 29:56 Foul by do Carmo Leandro Salino on Emmanuel Eboue, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Luiz Felipe. Corner taken short by Francesc Fabregas. The ball is crossed by Emmanuel Eboue, Effort from close in by Johan Djourou goes wide left of the target.
    • 28:54 The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott.
    • 23:57 Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on do Carmo Leandro Salino. Do Carmo Leandro Salino restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:20 Do Carmo Leandro Salino challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 20:00 Osorio Alan challenges Kieran Gibbs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 19:43 The ball is crossed by Rodrigo Lima.
    • 18:35 Effort from inside the area by Francesc Fabregas misses to the right of the goal.
    • 17:40 Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 17:08 Jack Wilshere delivers the ball, clearance made by Pinheiro Moises.
    • 14:25 Centre by Kieran Gibbs, Pinheiro Moises manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line, save by Luiz Felipe.
    • 12:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Gibbs on Osorio Alan. Direct free kick taken by Vanderson Vandinho.
    • 12:16 The ball is delivered by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 8:42 Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Rodrigo Lima. Rodrigo Lima takes the free kick.
    • 7:21 Unfair challenge on Nascimento Matheus by Emmanuel Eboue results in a free kick. The ball is delivered by Luis Aguiar, Close range header by Pinheiro Moises goes over the bar.
    • 7:11 Centre by Osorio Alan.
    • 6:35 Rodrigo Lima takes a shot. Johan Djourou gets a block in.
    • 5:53 Theo Walcott sends in a cross.
    • 4:28 Corner taken left-footed by Luis Aguiar from the left by-line, clearance made by Nicklas Bendtner.
    • 3:54 Sebastien Squillaci gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodrigo Lima. Direct free kick taken by do Carmo Leandro Salino.
    • 3:47 Centre by Kieran Gibbs.
    • 3:00 Theo Walcott sends in a cross.
    • 1:29 The ball is delivered by Kieran Gibbs, Pinheiro Moises makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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